Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Turn-by-Turn Navigation a sure thing for Windows Phone 7 (and here now for Windows Mobile 6.x)

, posted: 12-May-2010 16:29

In confirmation of details leaked on this blog in recent weeks, Windows Phone 7 will have Turn-by-Turn GPS navigation capabilities - via Bing Maps. In an indication which seemingly verifies this Microsoft have already launched an updated version of Bing Maps for Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 that provides turn-by-turn GPS navigation for U.S. based users.

With Microsoft having over 1000 people working on the launch of their new mobile operating system, this is no reason to believe this functionality won't also be available later this year with Windows Phone 7 handsets.

If you'd like to see if the current Bing Maps GPS app works on your current Windows Mobile handset download the latest version from m.bing.com. Outside of the U.S. you can go into settings and change your language to U.S. English to be offered the download - however it doesn't support all devices and regions effectively.

The official list of supported handsets currently for this version of Bing Maps (this will improve over time) is:
  • HTC Fuze
  • HTC Pure
  • HTC HD2
  • HTC Tilt 2
  • HTC Touch Diamond 2
  • HTC Touch HD
  • HTC Touch Pro
  • HTC Touch Pro 2
  • Motorola Q9c
  • Samsung Jack
  • Samsung Omnia II
  • Samsung Propel
  • T-Mobile Dash 3G


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